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PassMeFast’s Key Worker Hall of Fame!

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Here at PassMeFast, we just love a good pass photo. Regular readers of the blog will know that we’re constantly celebrating the achievements of our lovely learners by sharing their pass photos and stories whenever we get the opportunity. When lockdown restrictions were introduced and test centres across the country announced they would be temporarily closing, we figured we’d have to kiss goodbye to this favourite pastime of ours. But then, something extra special happened…

In acknowledgement of the vital roles they play in keeping our society going through this turbulent time, the DVSA announced they would be providing emergency tests for essential workers. This was music to our ears! We knew that we had the available instructors, knowledgeable staff and experience of requesting tests from the DVSA to help these special people have a smooth journey to passing their test. And so, for the past few months, we’ve been doing just that!

Now, we’ve decided to create a dedicated space to put their incredible achievements on display. Welcome to PassMeFast’s Key Worker Hall of Fame! As you peruse the following pass pics, keep in mind just how impressive the achievements actually are! Not only did these guys manage to balance learning to drive with an incredibly demanding job, they also passed the driving test under unusual and trying circumstances. Enough chatting! Let’s get to know the inspirational key workers who became qualified drivers during lockdown…


April’s heroes

Pass photo of PMF student Ayesha

Ayesha was one of the first of our students to be granted an emergency driving test. As a doctor working on the front lines, a driving licence would allow her to get to and from work in a convenient and safe way. We were thrilled to receive this pass photo after she completed PassMeFast’s 20 hour course! Find out more about her pass story here.


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Ellie

With the DVSA grappling with a completely new test application process, things got off to a pretty slow start with the old emergency tests. It wasn’t that much longer, though, until we managed to secure a practical test date for key worker Ellie from Sheffield. A member of the NHS Blood and Transplant team, Ellie got test-ready by completing PassMeFast’s 25 hour automatic course. She managed to pass the test FIRST time and is now the proud owner of her very first car. Great stuff!


Pass photo of PMF student Amy Dora

Last up in our list of April heroes is Amy from Hampshire! This hardworking nurse was eager to earn a licence in order to make her daily commute more manageable. We set her up on a 20 hour automatic course and the DVSA managed to squeeze in a test for her just before the month came to an end. As you can tell from the pass photo, she aced it. Amy is now happily hitting the road as a fully qualified driver!


May’s heroes

Pass photo of PassMeFast student Paige

By May, the emergency test system was in full swing. One of the first of our essential workers to pass this month was Nottingham resident Paige. As a newly-qualified doctor, her work life was about to get very busy! Thankfully, she had quite a bit of previous driving experience, so only needed to take our 5 hour course before being test-ready. To learn more about Paige’s road to earning her licence, check out her feature in our pass photo of the week series!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Isabella

Next up it was time for health and social care worker Isabella to impress us with her driving skills! She took PassMeFast’s 25 hour course in Coventry with local instructor Andrew. She had just enough time to complete her lessons before heading to her emergency test appointment. Like the true pro she is, she passed it first time! You can find out more about Isabella’s pass story here.


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Sackson

Heading south to Croydon, we meet Sackson, who works in the health and social care sector. He signed up for a course just before lockdown, and had to deal with the disappointment of having his initial practical test cancelled. Thankfully, we were soon able to get him a new test date. Sackson took all of these changes in his stride and focused on completing his 5 hour refresher course. He went on to pass his test and is now able to skip public transport and drive to and from work—yay! Learn more about Sackson’s pass story here.


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Seval

Sticking to the London area, our next key worker is NHS health visitor Seval. She took PassMeFast’s 20 hour course in Barnet. After breezing through the lessons and quickly earning a licence, she even took time to provide us with some feedback. Seval told us, I’m really pleased I chose PassMeFast for my lessons(…) I couldn’t have asked for a better service.” We’re so pleased we were able to help Seval achieve her driving dreams! Read more on her pass story here.


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Linda

Also earning a licence on 27th May was Staffordshire resident, Linda. This student social worker took PassMeFast’s 15 hour automatic course and ended up providing us with one of the most professional looking pass photos we’ve ever seen! Seriously, give us tips on how to find our angles, Linda! Anyway, the more pressing point is that, with the help of instructor Paul, Linda passed her driving test and is ready to hit the road. Woohoo!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Hellen

Surrey local Hellen managed to secure her own emergency test appointment, but needed help finding an instructor who could fit in lessons beforehand. PassMeFast was more than happy to oblige! We set her up with Anne, who tutored Hellen through a 5 hour automatic course. This was time very well spent, because Hellen passed her driving test first time! She can now easily get to and from her job as a support worker by car.


Pass photo of the week Leander

Rounding off the month of May is Leander, who took PassMeFast’s 20 hour course in Nottinghamshire with instructor Darren. Leander works for the NHS as a phlebotomist (that’s someone who takes blood samples, to you and me) so was quickly granted an emergency test. After earning her licence she was lovely enough to leave us a nice review, singing the praises of both her Booking Agent and Instructor, and explaining that she’d had an absolutely amazing experience from start to finish!” Read her full pass story here.


June’s Heroes 

Pass photo of PassMeFast student Sheila

By the time June rolled around, emergency tests for our key workers were coming in thick and fast! The month kicked off with a big day for NHS worker Sheila from Leeds. After completing our 20 hour course with instructor Andy, she was heading to her driving test. The fact that she’s on this list means it went very well! Sheila earned a first-time pass and is already making the most of that new licence by hitting the road. We love to see it!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Amy

Let’s head to Burton-on-Trent now, where our next key worker earned her licence under lockdown. Care worker Amy signed up for our 15 hour course and an emergency test, in the hope that a licence would make her life a lot easier. We’re pleased to say that it certainly did! With a little help from instructor Naveed, Amy polished up her driving skills and passed the practical test FIRST time. She’s now able to travel with ease and perform her job to the best of her ability. Well done, Amy!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Elisha

Support worker Elisha from Manchester went for PassMeFast’s 30 hour course. She was determined to earn a driving licence, so we set her up with local instructor Colin so that she could get to work. Thanks to Elisha’s key worker status, we were soon able to get her an emergency test from the DVSA, which she passed on the first attempt! Elisha is now a fully qualified driver, able to get to and from work with ease. Great stuff!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Catherine

Catherine (or Katy to her friends) is a social work manager from Surrey. She booked PassMeFast’s 30 hour automatic course to help her master specific skills like parking and tackling roundabouts. She took this at a semi-intensive pace with local instructor, Shabir. When lockdown was implemented, we were able to request an emergency test from the DVSA, which Catherine went on to pass! Now she’s ready to hit the road as a qualified driver. Job done!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Esther

Care worker Esther earned her licence by completing PassMeFast’s 10 hour automatic course. Working with instructor Mark, she hit the streets of Liverpool to brush up her skills and get test-ready. Emergency test in the bag, it was soon time for the big day. Skipping the gears looks like it was a sound plan, because Esther passed her test and is now the proud owner of a brand new licence. Great job, Esther! Time to hit the road!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Anthony

PassMeFast student Anthony, from Derbyshire, has the interesting job of making parts for the ventilators used by the NHS. This certainly puts him in the key worker category, which means we were able to secure him an emergency driving test. Before the big day, Anthony completed PassMeFast’s 15 hour automatic course with instructor Phil. The two turned out to be a bit of a driving dream team, because Anthony managed to pass his test with a completely clean sheet! Yep—another addition to the zero minors club! Find out more about his pass story here.


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Precious

NHS worker Precious signed up for PassMeFast’s 10 hour automatic course. After perfecting all of her driving skills with the help of instructor Anne in Greater London, Precious headed off to her emergency test. We’re thrilled to say that she passed the test to become a qualified driver! Precious now has a safe and convenient way of getting to and from work. Woohoo!


PassMeFast frame surrounding pass picture of Kayleigh

Kayleigh from Merseyside needed a licence to help her travel to her job as a nurse in Greater Manchester. With only a little bit of previous driving experience under her belt, she decided to go for our 30 hour course. Her instructor William got to work building up her confidence behind the wheel and it was soon time to head to her emergency test appointment. The fact that she’s made it onto our list means it went very well indeed! Kayleigh aced her test first time and is ready to hit the road. Great job!


PassMeFast frame surrounding pass picture of Ellie Z

The key worker passes just keep on coming in June! Care worker Ellie, from Berkshire, took PassMeFast’s 15 hour course with instructor Brendon. Thanks to her work in the health and social care sector, the DVSA was happy to provide Ellie with an emergency test, despite the lockdown. Ellie certainly didn’t let this opportunity go to waste! She passed her test and even took the time to pose for a lovely pass photo, along with her adorable furry friend. Nice going, Ellie!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Amy in hall of fame frame

Support worker Amy took PassMeFast’s 20 hour automatic course in Stockport with instructor Phil. Her road to earning a licence wasn’t exactly smooth sailing! She had to fit lessons around her busy work schedule and deal with unexpected cancellations from the DVSA. Nevertheless, she kept a cool head and positive attitude throughout. This really paid off as Amy ended up passing her emergency driving test first time with just 1 minor! Very impressive—well done Amy!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Ann in hall of fame frame

Ann came to PassMeFast because she wanted to be able to drive to and from her job as an NHS care worker. We were more than happy to oblige, so set her up on a 20 hour manual course with instructor Colin. After hitting the roads of Manchester and mastering all of the necessary skills, Ann headed to her emergency test and returned with some excellent news. She passed her driving test on the first attempt! Bravo Ann—enjoy the freedom and convenience that new licence will bring!


July’s heroes

Pass photo of PassMeFast student Louis in hall of fame frame

Kicking off a brand new month we have support worker Louis, from Nottingham. He decide to ditch the gears and booked PassMeFast’s 15 hour automatic course. After teaming up with instructor Graham and hitting the local roads to complete his lessons, it was soon time for Louis’s emergency test. As you can guess from the fact that he earned a spot on our list, Louis kept his cool and came out with a pass! Well done, Louis!


Next up we have Rotherham-based NHS worker, Rebecca. She already had quite a bit of experience behind the wheel, but had taken a break from driving and needed to get back on that horse! We set her up on our 25 hour course, which would give her the time to refresh her existing skills and master some of the more advanced manoeuvres. It certainly did the trick! After completing lessons with instructor Roy, Rebecca passed her test first time! Congratulations!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Gracie in hall of fame frame

We head all the way down to East Sussex to meet our next key worker superstar. Gracie needed a driving licence so that she could safely travel to and from her job as a support worker. Turns out PassMeFast’s 15 hour automatic course was all she needed! As well as an emergency test appointment, of course. Gracie hit the road with instructor David and was soon feeling confident and test-ready. All that was left to do was pass the test, which Gracie did on her first attempt! Great work, Gracie!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Laura in hall of fame frame

Now we turn to a key worker who wanted to upgrade her automatic licence to a manual one so that she could start her job as a paramedic. We figured our 10 hour course would give her just enough time to master the clutch—and we were right! Laura hit the roads of Hertfordshire with instructor Martine and was soon changing gears with ease. It came as no surprise to us, then, that Laura ended up passing her manual test first time! Congrats, Laura—we hope you’re enjoying your new job!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Libby in hall of fame frame

Libby took PassMeFast’s 25 hour manual course in the Blackpool area. Working in the health and social care sector meant that she was eligible for an emergency test, but sadly Libby had to contend with a last-minute appointment cancellation by the DVSA. Thankfully, with the help of her instructor Kayley, Libby was able to keep a positive attitude and managed to pass her practical test when the big day came. Well done, Libby!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Joseph in hall of fame frame

Charity worker Joseph, from London, had taken a 20 year break from driving before he came to PassMeFast to re-start his driving journey! We set him up on our 40 hour course and he was soon hitting the road with local instructor Nurul. With his confidence up and all of the necessary skills mastered, it was time for Joseph to take the wheel under the watchful eye of a DVSA examiner. It looks like he managed to impress because he came out with a first time pass! Great job, Joseph!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Polly in hall of fame frame

Care worker Polly signed up for PassMeFast’s 10 hour automatic course in the hope that it would give her just enough time to refresh her existing skills and master the manoeuvres. As you can see from the pass photo, it did the job! Polly completed lessons with Lancashire-based instructor Kayley and went on to pass her practical test! Congrats, Polly—we hope you’re enjoying making the most of that new licence!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Scott in hall of fame frame

Next up we have another refresher course success story! Scott went for PassMeFast’s 5 hour refresher course and it took him from learner to qualified driver in a matter of weeks! With a helping hand from his top notch instructor, Noel, Scott polished up his skills and headed to Crewe driving test centre, where he passed his test first time with just 2 minors. Brilliant result, Scott—very well done!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Kelly-anne in hall of fame frame

On the very same day, another PassMeFast student was about to achieve their driving dreams, this time down in Luton. Kelly-Anne booked PassMeFast’s 30 hour course along with an emergency theory and practical test. She needed a driving licence to make getting to and from her job as a carer safe and convenient. We’re thrilled to reveal that after completing her course with instructor Hassan, Kelly-Anne passed her driving test first time! New licence in the bag—congratulations, Kelly-Anne!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Ellieanne in hall of fame frame

They say good things come in threes, and that was certainly the case on this day! We had yet another key worker pass their test—Ellieanne, from Doncaster. She completed our 25 our course with South Yorkshire-based instructor, Roy. The lessons really paid off, because Ellieanne went on to pass her practical test on the first attempt! Not only that—she did it with just 2 minors on the mark sheet. Great job, Ellieanne!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Tammy in hall of fame frame

We head to Colchester to meet our next newly-qualified key worker. Tammy, an NHS worker, had some previous driving experience, so signed up to take PassMeFast’s 5 hour refresher course in an automatic car. She was soon hitting the roads of Essex with local instructor, Julie. When her emergency test appointment rolled around, Tammy did us all proud and came out clutching a pass certificate! Well done, Tammy!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Lucy in hall of fame frame

Care worker Lucy from Kent was very on the ball when it came to learning to drive. She bought a car, researched driving schools and booked a 5 hour course with PassMeFast. Once we’d secured her an emergency test date, she hit the roads of Folkestone with instructor Brian to brush up on her driving skills. After that she went on to pass her practical test to become a fully qualified driver. Great work, Lucy!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Ellie G in hall of fame frame

Next up we have Merseyside-based key worker, Ellie. Needing a licence ASAP, she decided to give PassMeFast’s 5 hour refresher course a go. We set her up with instructor Ann and the two got to work perfecting Ellie’s driving skills. Soon it was time to head over to Widnes practical test centre to see if Ellie could earn that pass certificate. As you have probably guessed, it went very well! In fact, Ellie passed her driving test first time. Bravo!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Sean in hall of fame frame

Sean works in the health and social care sector and signed up for PassMeFast’s 40 hour course in the hope that it would help him earn a licence. We teamed him up with instructor Paul and they hit the roads of London to complete the lessons. Sean was taught everything from the very basics to the advanced manoeuvres, and carried this knowledge with him into the practical test. It’s no surprise, then, that he came out with that all-important pass certificate! Congratulations, Sean!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Dorin in hall of fame frame

Dorin had to deal with a number of hurdles when it came to earning his licence. Not only did the pandemic result in his initial practical test appointment being cancelled, but he also had to relocate from London to Birmingham in the middle of his 10 hour course! Luckily, PassMeFast covers both areas, so we were able to get him a new instructor (Les, who covers the West Midlands) and re-organise his test fairly quickly. After that, Dorin did the rest—passing his test first time! Nice job, Dorin!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student Nelson in hall of fame frame

NHS-worker, Nelson, from London wanted to upgrade his driving game from motorbike to car.  We booked him in for our 25 hour automatic course and he was soon hitting the streets of the capital with local instructor, Joseph. The two worked very well together, it seems, because Nelson went on to ace his emergency test—passing first time! Excellent work, Nelson! We hope you’re enjoying life as a qualified driver!


Pass photo of PassMeFast student James in hall of fame frame

Rounding off July’s batch of key worker passes, we have the lovely James, from Manchester. A care worker looking to find an easier way to get to and from his job, James signed up for PassMeFast’s 10 hour course and an emergency test. Local instructor, Wayne, took James for his lessons and helped him refresh all of his skills so that he was feeling confident and test-ready. It worked a treat, because James is now a fully qualified driver. Congratulations, James!


There’s more driving superstars to come…

What an impressive bunch, eh? PassMeFast would like to say a big thank you to all of the key workers out there who are keeping the country going. You’re doing us proud and we’ll be forever grateful!

By Isobel Robb

Isobel enjoys the freedom of the open road and loves driving to new places. She's here to offer helpful hints and tips to improve your motoring skills. When not keeping up to date with the latest driving info you can find her discovering new restaurants or exhausting her Netflix subscription.

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